Poet In Da Corner

Cancelled 31 Mar - 04 Apr
Poet In Da Corner Cancelled 31 Mar - 04 Apr

You may have seen in the press that the Royal Court took the decision yesterday to cancel or postpone many of their upcoming events this Spring.  This includes the tour dates of Poet in da Corner which was coming to Hackney Empire 31 Mar – 4 Apr, but sadly will no longer will be happening.

Hackney Empire has since taken the decision, in line with UK Theatres and SOLT guidance, to postpone all events at Hackney Empire initially until 17th April.  Poet in da Corner is an extraordinary show and both companies are devastated at having to take these decisions but the well-being and safety of our staff, customers, artists and partners is paramount.

Hackney Empire is a much-loved and legendary venue but as an arts charity our livelihood depends almost entirely on our ticket income and your generosity. We are determined to survive this closure but in these challenging times we are asking all ticket holders for the cancelled performances of Poet in Da Corner to please consider donating the cost of the ticket rather than requesting a credit note or refund if they feel able to do so.

If you feel able to make a donation or become a Friend of Hackney Empire at this time your support would mean a huge amount and help to ensure that we survive this difficult time to create unforgettable experiences for all our audiences in the future.

Royal Court Theatre presents
Poet in Da Corner

A coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.

In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend.

Step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.

Poet in da Corner features grime MC Jammz as SS Vyper, and is directed by Royal Court Associate Ola Ince.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“One of the most exciting things I’ve seen all year and marks out writer/performer/lyricist/dancer Debris Stevenson as one of the brightest emerging talents around. It is, in short, the real deal” Evening Standard | Fiona Mountford Read full review

★ ★ ★ ★

“Thrilling… Words blaze the stage and Stevenson appears like the Kate Tempest of grime”

The Guardian | Arifa Akbar  Read full review

★ ★ ★ ★

“An inspiring, thoroughly enjoyable evening full of possibilities for where Stevenson — and theatre itself — might go next”

The Times | Dominic Maxwell Read full review

★ ★ ★ ★

“Debris Stevenson’s show is totally, boldly different from anything else”

Time Out | Alice Saville Read full review

Originally co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Royal Court Theatre in 2018, supported by Jerwood Arts.
Hackney Empire

£35 – £10  (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone)


Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


For a taste of the music from the show 

  • Post-show talk on Thurs 2 Apr with Debris Stevenson and company members (available to ticket holders for that performance)
  • Captioned show on Wed 01 Apr performance
  • Relaxed environment on Sat 4 Apr matinee performance.  At our relaxed environment performances, you can expect: A relaxed attitude to noise in the auditorium; you are welcome to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural. To freely enter and exit the auditorium when needed. Enhanced pre-show notes & touch tour:  (Touch tour 1pm) available to ticket holders for that performance – call the box office to book the touch tour )


Debris StevensonWriter & Performer
JammzFeature Writer /Performer
Ola InceDirector
Stacy AbalogunPerformer
Kirubel BelayPerformer
Michael 'Mikey J' AsanteMusic Director/Lead Composer
Jacob Hughes Designer
Anna WatsonLighting Designer
Tony GayleSound Designer
Aaron SillisChoreography by

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